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Michelle DeCourcy and the Rocktarts release first album

CD release party set for Saturday at The Gemini


STAFF PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE  - Music has always been a part of Michelle DeCourcys life, and she has always wanted her own band. She formed Michelle DeCourcy and the Rocktarts in 2012. They are releasing their first CD, Broken Glass at a special CD release party Saturday.

“Beyond psyched!” is how Michelle DeCourcy and the Rocktarts are feeling about the release of their first album, “Broken Glass.”

The band invites everyone to attend a CD release party this Saturday night at The Gemini, located at 456 N. State St. in Lake Oswego. The opening act goes on at 8:30 p.m., followed by the Rocktarts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door.

“We want to share this magic night with you and need you to come celebrate, rock, dance and inspire us like you do,” was the invitation posted on Facebook.

The band’s leader, DeCourcy, says music has always been a passion for her. She has been singing all of her life — in school and church choirs and even at weddings at the tender age of 12. As a youth, she won a songwriting contest sponsored by Z100 Radio.

“The prize was a limo ride and a fancy dinner at Salty’s,” she said.

DeCourcy is multi-talented, and she has left her mark on composing and songwriting, plus art, fashion design and other creative endeavors.

“One weekend, I was with my friend (singer, songwriter, author and actor) Storm Large in Bend,” she said. “We were having a girls’ weekend snowshoeing and getting spa treatments. I was playing guitar and made a comment that one day I would have my own band. Storm was adamant that I should have a band now.”

DeCourcy was hesitant to start a band; and she didn’t want to be a cover band, but Large insisted that the most fun she had had in her career was singing cover songs at Dante’s, a venue in Portland.

“When I see you sing, it’s apparent it makes you happier than anything else you do,” Large told DeCourcy. And so, in 2012, DeCourcy gathered together The Rocktarts: Jolie Clausen on drums and vocals; Steve Adams on guitar and vocals and Mick Ramsdell on bass and vocals. Formed originally as a ’90s alternative rock cover band, the members quickly decided that composing and playing original music was more their passion.

The band name is a nod to girl bands.

“The dudes are the Rocktarts,” she said. “Band names can be silly and weird. Who would know what a Fu Fighter is, but the name is exactly right for them.”

So the band name became Michelle DeCourcy and the Rocktarts. Armed with a do-it-yourself work ethic and deep love of the music, each member contributes to the band’s signature sound that is infused into their debut album “Broken Glass.”

DeCourcy says she and Adams have a “cosmic connection.”

“It’s like he can crawl into my brain. If I can’t explain or show through my limited guitar playing, he can (interpret what I am after),” she said.

DeCourcy employed her artistic eye to create the cover of “Broken Glass” by crushing Coca Cola bottles and Ball (canning) jars in a bag and then forming a heart of the broken glass with her bare hands, and taking a picture with her iPhone.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do, and like all passions, it didn’t come without a little blood, sweat and maybe a few tears,” she said. “I hope you will enjoy it and its dark, chaotic glory.”

The band will present all the music on “Broken Glass” at the concert Saturday, plus some favorite covers. Promotional material alerts attendees to prepare for hook-heavy melodies, hard-driving beats and solid rock walls of sound.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $12.

You can purchase and download “Broken Glass” online at cdbaby.com/cd/michelledecourcyandthero.

Contact Barb Randall at 503-636-1281 ext. 100 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DeCourcy and the Rocktarts will sing all the songs on their new release Broken Glass plus a few covers at the party to be held at The Gemini Saturday night.

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